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Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day

A major film was released in 2008 starring Frances McDormand and Amy Adams, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day is a delightful, funny, lighthearted novel. First published in 1938, it was reissued in the United Kingdom in 2000, complete with thirty-five original illustrations, and has sold over 22,000 copies.Miss Pettigrew, an approaching-middle-age governess, was accustomed to a household of unruly English children. When her employment agency sends her to the wrong address, her life takes an unexpected turn. The alluring nightclub singer, Delysia LaFosse, becomes her new employer, and Miss Pettigrew encounters a kind of glamour that she had only met before at the movies. Over the course of a single day, both women are changed forever.

Persephone Books Ltd
Publishing date
RRP (paperback)
190646202X revised 78-1906462024
1 Feb 2008
Guinevere Pettigrew is an out of work governess that is one step away from the work houses. When she arrives at the door of Miss LaFosse, a glamorous night club singer, her life is changed forever. The following 24 hours give Miss Pettigrew the lifestyle she had only seen in the movies. She enters a world of nightclubs, alcohol and men (mostly belonging to Miss LaFosse). A wonderful humourous easy read. 9/10 Jo

Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day by Winifred Watson.
A Cinderella style story set in 1930’s London. A quirky easy to read novel about a down at heel, dowdy governess falling into the company of the 1930’s ‘bright, young things’ and how events unfold over the course of just one day. An utterly charming read with cute little sketches throughout! 8/10 Catherine

It’s a long time since I’ve read a book with sketches in it & at first was not keen however they did help set the scene & I did enjoy the storyline once I had taken myself back to the 30s & could imagine my Grandmother in this story. 7/10 Hilary

Overall, the book club members felt this was one of the best books read and reviewed so far!
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